Mangold at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards, December 9, 2007
|Born||New York City, New York, United States|
|Alma mater||Columbia University
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Cathy Konrad (m. 1998)|
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for Walk the Line (2005), which he co-wrote and directed.
Life and career
James Mangold was born in New York City and is the son of artists Robert Mangold and Sylvia Plimack Mangold. He was raised in New York State's Hudson River Valley. After graduating from Washingtonville High School, Mangold was accepted into and later attended the California Institute of the Arts film/video program. While there, he mentored under Alexander Mackendrick. During his third year, Mackendrick suggested that Mangold should study at CalArts School of Theater as an actor alongside his regular film studies.
In 1985 Mangold secured a writer/director deal at Disney. He wrote a television movie and co-wrote the animated feature Oliver and Company. A few years later, Mangold moved to New York and applied to Columbia University's film school, where he graduated with an MFA in film.  While there, he studied under Miloš Forman and developed both Heavy and Cop Land.
Mangold subsequently wrote and directed Cop Land starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; Girl, Interrupted, which won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999 for Angelina Jolie; Kate & Leopold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, for which Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor in a musical or comedy in 2001, and the 2003 thriller Identity which starred John Cusack.
In 2005 he co-wrote and directed Walk the Line, a film about the young life of singer-songwriter Johnny Cash and his relationship with June Carter Cash. It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and was released on November 18, 2005. It was nominated for five Oscars and Witherspoon won Best Actress for her performance as June Carter Cash. Mangold also appeared as an actor in The Sweetest Thing as a doctor and love interest to Christina Applegate as well as in his own Kate & Leopold playing a movie director.
In June 2011, Mangold was hired to direct the X-Men movie The Wolverine. Along with screenwriters Chris McQuarrie, Scott Frank and Mark Bomback, Mangold adapted the screenplay based upon Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's Japanese Wolverine saga and entered production in Japan and Australia in July 2012. He completed photography in November of the same year. It was a box office success, ending up with a worldwide gross of $414,828,246 with a budget of $120 million according to Box Office Mojo.
|Year||Title||Director||Writer||Oscar nominations||Oscar wins|
|2001||Kate & Leopold||Yes||Yes||1|
|2005||Walk the Line||Yes||Yes||5||1|
|2007||3:10 to Yuma||Yes||2|
|2010||Knight and Day||Yes|
- Cashill, Robert, in Esther, John (Winter 2007). "Avoiding Labels and Lullabies: An Interview with James Mangold". Cineaste 33 (1). Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- Ivry, Bob. "Director brought edge to 'chick flick'". Reading Eagle, January 11, 2000, p. D5. Retrieved on July 22, 2013.
- Blair, Ian. "Mangold gets big names to come on board". New Straits Times, August 21, 1997, p. 5 (Life & Times). Retrieved on July 22, 2013.
- Turner, Miki. "Hugh Jackman's Charm". Lakeland Ledger, December 26, 2001, p. D5. Retrieved on July 22, 2013.
- Tinsley, Brad. "'Identity' is a hair-raiser; 'Anger Management' frustrates" (Review). Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, S.C.), September 12, 2003, p. D7. Retrieved on July 22, 2013.
- "The Wolverine". Box Office Mojo.
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